I have all the original service records for Willoughby Blackard/Will-You-Be Blachard. In a typed letter from the National Archives to a Mrs. Moore it does state (incorrectly) that he was born/enlisted in Caswell County NC. However, his actual service record says Bute County. Actually, Bute County didn't exist in 1758 and was still a part of Granville County at that time. His service record also confirms that he was a POW of the British in Charleston for 3 months.
Prior to Willoughby's enlistment in the Continental Army in 1776, it appears that he first served in the Virginia Militia in 1775 at age 16 and fought in the Battle of Great Bridge near Norfolk in December 1775. Willoughby actually called it "Long Bridge" in his testiment and did name it out of chronological order with the other campaigns that he mentioned.
Willoughby's last pension payment was recieved in 1838 posthumously by his son William meaning that Willoughby died in Wythe County VA in 1838.
It appears that Willoughby and sons William and Thomas in Virginia were quite wealthy before the Civil War but somehow lost most of that wealth somehow as a result of the Civil War.
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